I think we all know where our weak links were Sunday. QB and WR stand out. It seems to be a trend in 3 of our last 4 games. I know that when I see Cassel drop back this season, I have very little hope of anything positive happening on that play. Our QB and WR positions are holding us back. They're holding us back from a Super Bowl. I think that's why the Cassel love/hate discussion is so passionate. After years of being terrible, we are so close to being a top tier team firing on all cylinders. The one thing missing is a passing attack. We can't rely on our receivers or our QB.
Indy is the complete opposite though. They rely mostly on a QB and a crazy deep WR position group. Personally, I don't think they have some secret formula that allows them to draft only good receivers. I think they look for guys with who can catch a football. We seemingly don't look for guys who can catch the football. It seems every receiver who goes into that system the Colts employ (baring injury) becomes a star. It's not even that they develop these guys. Many come in and contribute right away their rookie seasons.
How does this happen? Well, they scheme ways to get their receivers involved. They scheme ways to get separation, ways to get open. Cassel lovers here seem to love to blame our receivers for lack of separation. Maybe it's not their fault. Maybe our play calling doesn't allow them to get open. It's not creative enough other than when we throw in the occasional trick play.
The biggest thing that helps their receivers is a great QB. It's not rocket science. He is a QB who makes everyone around him better. Sadly, looking at our situation, Cassel does not make those around him better.
I'm starting to wonder if he actually brings them down. Now, Bowe has always had problems catching the ball. That was a knock on him coming out of college. The problem is that it's only become worse since Cassel arrived. Now, none of our receivers can catch, even guys who had never had problems with catching a football.
There are two variable that can cause a receiver to regress, coaching and QB. Which do we have? Maybe a bit of both. We have to remember that Todd is not coaching our WR's. Yeah, he pops in every now and then but it's not like his past coaching stints where he had a lot of success. We have someone else coaching them who doesn't seem to be getting the job done.
We also thus far have a poor QB who has show very little for us to be excited about concerning his play. Yeah, there have been a few glimmers of hope but not much. He looks at times like a QB who makes our WR's worse. If there are QB's at one end of the spectrum in making players better, there has to be QB's at the other end of the spectrum making players worse. There are hundreds of examples of this in the NFL. I think at the moment, Cassel is one that makes our receivers underachieve. He hasn't been able to ever get on the same page with our WR's. He can't establish any chemistry with them. With those problems, it makes everyone look bad.
I know Cassel will never be P. Manning but we need him to be more than R. Leaf...more than J. Russel. Those guys showed glimmers of hope too. We need Cassel to make our receivers better. We need our system to make both better. That in turn will make our offense better. That will turn L's like Sunday's into W's. It wouldn't be going out on a limb to say it would make us a Super Bowl team.